Tommy Beaudreau, a former home interior official under the Obama administration and a native of Alaska, is currently under review for a possible nomination as assistant secretary, two people familiar with the matter said. Murkowski hovered Beaudreau’s name as a possible replacement for Klein, people said.
Beaudreau is currently an attorney in the Environment, Land and Resource Division of the Latham & Watkins law firm and is a global co-chair of the firm’s project location and approval practice. Beaudreau did not reply to a voice message.
Context: Murkowski said in early March that she was having difficulty casting her vote to clarify Committee Biden’s nomination for Home Secretary Deb Haaland, citing concerns that the government would obstruct oil and gas exploration on public land. Klein, a step forward on energy issues, was seen as a step too far to serve as the second in charge at Interior with Haaland, who in her previous comments criticizing the oil and gas sector, one of the sources, explained the heat of the Republicans was exposed said.
Klein would not be the first setback for the numerous nominations of the Biden government. The White House recalled his appointment of Neera Tanden as Head of Administration and Budget earlier this month after Republicans complained about her social media posts.